Dental trauma

Dental trauma

Why should you try to save a tooth?

Dental trauma happens most frequently to children and preteens. An accident can often occur during leisure activities, for instance, in water parks, jumping on trampolines or doing tricks at skate parks. Sometimes a child can also simply trip and fall badly.

Many parents, children, coaches and teachers are not aware that you can still save a tooth that has come off. If you act quickly and preserve the tooth correctly, the dentist can put it back in your mouth.

Since dental implants cannot be put in before a child reaches adulthood, it is especially important to put the tooth back if possible when the person is young.

How to save a tooth?

If the tooth has come off, it should be put back in its socket right away to avoid destroying the tiny ties between the tooth and bone. If you are panicking and are unable to do so, the tooth can also be stored in the mouth or in a cup in spit. Alternatively, the tooth can also be transported in milk but not in regular water.

The tooth can only be held from its upper part (crown). You must not touch the root.

Act quickly. The critical time limit is an hour but the sooner you can get to the dentist, the better—the prognosis gets worse every minute.

Call your dentist immediately and tell what has happened. If your own dentist is unable to see you, go to the nearest dental polyclinic with an emergency unit.

Seek emergency medical treatment if the person with the trauma has nausea, dizziness, feels confused or otherwise ill.

Who can help you save a tooth?

In case of dental trauma, quickly contact your dentist. If he or she is unable to see you within an hour, go to the nearest dentist on duty.

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